“I think if Thomas Jefferson were looking down, the author of the Bill of Rights, on what’s being proposed here, he’d agree with it. He would agree that the First Amendment cannot be absolute.” - Chuck Schumer (D). Yet, Madison and Mason wrote the Bill of Rights, according to Sheila Jackson Lee, 400 years ago. Yup, it's a fact.
I hope the birther stuff comes back in full force.
Seeing as how it was invented by the Clinton campaign in 2008, it can only serve to bite her in the ass in 2016.
"Political speech and writing are largely the defense of the indefensible. . . . Thus political language has to consist largely of euphemism, question-begging and sheer cloudy vagueness."
~Orwell, Politics and the English Language
The problems are polls like these:
55% Of Republicans Believe Obama Was Born In A Foreign Country?
Poll: 45 percent of Republicans think Obama born out of US | TheHill
At least half the GOP either believes Obama was born outside the U.S. or at least aren't sure. So a candidate has a problem - half their voters are birthers or near birthers, and they can either accept ALL THE EVIDENCE or pander to the ignorant and tin hatters. And so it's perhaps a rational political position to take, but it's still a position contrary to all known evidence.
It's kind of funny how the GOP has gotten themselves into a box on this. They propagate this BS for years, and the GOP base starts believing the propaganda. But almost all non-GOPers think the birther position is insane, so what a GOPer running for office hopes is for the issue to go away. They don't want to alienate the half of the GOP who is a birther so can't say he WAS born in the U.S, but they also don't want to signal they're nuts to independents and sane republicans and can't embrace the full wingnut birther position. So they have to walk this hilarious tightrope. And then of course whine about the liberal press when they get called out on this strategy or the liberal press doesn't allow them to pander to ignorant without consequences. So sad for them.